Platoon

Platoon

Dear Cinephiles, “I think now, looking back, we did not fight the enemy, we fought ourselves. The enemy was in us.” I hadn’t seen “Platoon” (1986) since its release. Oliver Stone’s pulverizing take on our war in Vietnam which went on to win the Oscar for best picture...
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Dear Cinephiles, “No growth without resistance. No action without reaction. No desire without restraint. Now give yourself up and find yourself again.” Could those lines be more appropriate to describe this infamous year? In the past months we’ve been tested. I...
Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

Dear Cinephiles, Thatcher: “You always used money to buy things.” Kane: “If I hadn’t been really rich, I might have been a really great man.” “Citizen Kane” (1941) never gets old. When I first started teaching at Santa Barbara City College seventeen years ago, I would...
Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp

Hello SBIFF family! “If you want it, you must will it, and if you will it, it will be yours!” We hope you are ready to dance your way into the weekend with this weekend’s Family Fun Film, “Happy Feet”! Waddle into the world of Emperor Penguins who find their...
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Dear Cinephiles, “I found a new book which only tells the truth. It’s called Facebook. I learn so many facts there.” – Sandra Jessica Parker Sagdiyev Underneath all of the shock and vulgarity in “Borat Subsequent Film” (2020) there’s a determination from the artist to...
Time

Time

Dear Cinephiles, “Time is what you make of it. Time is unbiased. Time is lost. Time flies. This situation has just been a long time. A really long time,” Justus Rich says about his family’s twenty year wait for dad to be freed from incarceration. Last week the...
Orlando

Orlando

Dear Cinephiles, “I am coming, I am coming. Here I am. Neither a woman nor a man. We are joined. We are one with a human face. I am on earth, and I am in outer space. I’m being born and I am dying.” Those words are sung towards the end of Sally Potter’s “Orlando”...
Deliverance

Deliverance

Dear Cinephiles, “You can’t judge them by the way they look.” The big mistrust and division between our two political parties has been at the forefront of the news, alongside Georgia’s sudden, extreme political importance – and all year we’ve been hearing about...
A Hard Day’s Night

A Hard Day’s Night

Dear Cinephiles, “Look it, I thought I was supposed to be getting a change of scenery, and so far, I’ve been in a train and a room, and a car and a room, and a room and a room. Well maybe that’s alright for a bunch of powdered geegaws like you lot, but I’m feeling...
Cléo from 5 to 7

Cléo from 5 to 7

Dear Cinephiles, “There’s always something wrong with you” says Cleo’s lover. “It’s your imagination. People’s minds are crammed full of cancer and heart trouble. My disease is phone calls and appointments.” Agnès Varda’s “Cléo from 5 to 7” (1961) is a film that ought...
Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp

Hello SBIFF Family! “Oh this is the night, it’s a beautiful night, and we call it Bella Notte” Join Lady and the Tramp under the stars as they (em)bark on their journey of love and family. Lady is a cocker spaniel that grows up in a loving home while...
La La Land

La La Land

Dear Cinephiles, “Here’s to the ones who dream, foolish as they may seem. Here’s to the hearts that ache; here’s to the mess we make.” There’s an interconnection of career aspirations, fate, and love blended in with the sleight-of-hand quality of cinema in the...
Uncorked

Uncorked

Dear Cinephiles, “My whole life I’ve been told what my future was gonna look like. I just wanna find my own thing.” Those words are spoken by Elijah – a young African American in Memphis who dreams of being a Master Sommelier – in “Uncorked” (2020). It’s an...
Best in Show

Best in Show

Dear Cinephiles, “God Loves A Terrier!” Six weeks ago, I was rescued by a Frenchie terrier mix named Sophia. It’s one of the most wonderful things that has happened to me in 2020. Now I have someone to look after me, and make sure I don’t get too anxious. With that in...
The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story

Dear Cinephiles, “I’m contemptuous of something inside of you you either can’t help, or make no attempt to; your so-called ‘strength,’ your prejudice against weakness, your blank intolerance. You’ll never be a first-class human being or a first-class woman,...
The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Dear Cinephiles, Richard Schultz: “Sir, there are people who will see this as the Justice Department restraining free speech, and there were people who see these men as martyrs.” One of the best movies of 2020 hands down is Aaron Sorkin’s head-spinningly timely and...
8 ½

8 ½

Dear Cinephiles, “I thought my ideas were so clear. I wanted to make an honest film. No lies whatsoever. I thought I had something so simple to say. Something useful to everybody. A film that could help bury forever all those dead things we carry within ourselves.” “8...
Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Ahoy There SBIFF Family! “Now, think of the happiest things. It’s the same as having wings!” – Peter Pan Prepare to take flight with this week’s Family Film Fun, “Peter Pan.” Venture with Peter and Wendy as they fly away to Neverland and immerse yourself in all...
A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda

Dear Cinephiles, Wanda Gerschwitz: “Let me correct you on a couple of things, okay? Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not every man for himself.” I hadn’t laughed like this in a long time. Maybe ever. I literally couldn’t catch my breath. I...
The Untouchables

The Untouchables

Dear Cinephiles, “They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way!” Sean Connery exemplified the cinema of my childhood. One of my first memories of the movies was when my dad took me...
Rashomon

Rashomon

Dear Cinephiles, “Thanks to you I can keep my faith in men.” “Rashomon” (1950) is indispensable cinema. What other movie do you know whose very title has become part of our lexicon? It’s now used to describe when an event is given multiple contradictory explanations...
All the President’s Men

All the President’s Men

Dear Cinephiles, Ben Bradlee: “We’re under a lot of pressure, you know, and you put us there. Nothing’s riding on this except the, uh, first amendment to the Constitution, freedom of the press, and maybe the future of the country.” “All the President’s Men” (1976)...
Casablanca

Casablanca

Dear Cinephiles, “I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.” In this week where I feel tethered to uncertainty, I turned to my old friend “Casablanca”...
The Exorcist

The Exorcist

Dear Cinephiles, Karras: “Why her? Why this girl?” Merrin: “I think the point is to make us despair. To see ourselves as… animal and ugly. To make us reject the possibility that God could love us.” My earliest memory of being scared at a movie was watching the...
The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Boo, SBIFF Family! Today’s Halloween family film fun is “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Let’s get spooky with Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, as he tries to bring the joy and the spirit of Christmas to Halloweentown… AND as he...
Hereditary

Hereditary

Dear Cinephiles, “My mother was a very secretive and private woman. She had private rituals, private friends, private anxieties.” I saw “Hereditary” in the movie theatre when it first came out in 2018 – three times in a row. That’s how impressed I was with Ari Aster’s...
American Psycho

American Psycho

Dear Cinephiles, “I have all the characteristics of a human being: flesh, blood, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust. Something horrible is happening inside of me and I don’t know why.” I have been amused to see how,...
Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

Dear Cinephiles, “Tell me this feeling lasts till forever Tell me the bad times are clean washed away Please understand that it’s still strange and frightening For losers like I’ve been it’s so hard to say.” There’s so much to love about “Little Shop of Horrors”...
The Shining

The Shining

Dear Cinephiles, Dick Hallorann: “Well, you know, Doc, when something happens, you can leave a trace of itself behind. Say like, if someone burns toast. Well, maybe things that happen leave other kinds of traces behind. Not things that anyone can notice, but things...